Pacific Rim is Tombstone pizza when you asked for Lombardi's, McDonald's when you wanted Shake Shack: A passable example of something that was never going to be the pinnacle of sophistication to begin with, but could have been so much better. Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and I get together to discuss Guillermo del Toro's eagerly awaited Kaiju (giant monsters) film, in which a corps of giant robots, called Jaegers (German for hunter -- did you know that?) and piloted by an international team of mind-linked soliders, embarks on a last-ditch mission to meet the enemy on both land and sea (will there be much destruction of valuable real estate? Oh, my child, certainly there will be), and put an end to the conflict once and for all. Battle sequences are analyzed, drama and character arcs, such as they are, are deconstructed, questions of how such talents as Idris Elba and Ron Perlman are misused are pondered, and slowly, slowly, the long route to recovery from dashed expectations is begun. Also: What's coming to theaters next week.
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